Through participation in the sacraments, we encounter Jesus and come to a fuller understanding of the ways in which God’s grace is active in our lives.
Catholics celebrate the sacraments together as a Christian community, allowing us to witness, share and support each other in the sacramental life.
On the last Monday of every month (occasionally, the date is changed due to holidays, etc.), St. Mary Student Parish holds a baptism discussion for new parents at 7:00 pm. Parents who are preparing to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith should pick up materials for the discussion from the Parish Office at least one week prior to the meeting they plan to attend. The baptism preparation packet contains articles and discussion questions for parents and godparents. It also contains a Baptism Registration form which must be filled out prior to class. At the discussion, parents (and godparents, if possible!) will have an opportunity to ask questions about Catholic Baptism and schedule their baptism in the Church. St. Mary Student Parish is grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the miracle of new life and welcome new members into our parish family through the Sacrament of Baptism.
For more information on baptism, contact Carol Konczal.
Children’s Sacramental Preparation
First Reconciliation and First Communion
We traditionally begin preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 1 st Grade and the children receive the Sacrament in 2nd Grade. Sacramental Preparation is a HOME-BASED Program through the Faith Formation Program that provides opportunity for the children and their families to prepare as per the Church’s teaching, “as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion.” The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is received in February and First Communion is received in early May.
Confirmation is a sacrament that deepens your faith life and allows you to see how the Holy Spirit is working in your life. It enlivens the gifts that we received at our Baptism. Confirmation gives baptized Catholics the opportunity to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and become full members of the church. Teens who have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Communion prepare for Confirmation in 8th grade. Prior and regular faith formation is strongly encouraged.
The Confirmation program meets 2-3 times each month on Sunday afternoons between September-May. Teens attend most sessions on their own with some parental involvement at some of the sessions and assistance completing a religious text book at home.
We recommend reading our program guide prior to registering. Registration is closed for 2016-2017.
For more information on children’s sacramental preparation, contact Rita Zyber.
St. Mary Student Parish is happy to help engaged couples prepare for their marriage that they will celebrate here in the parish, or frequently for University of Michigan students back in their home parish. St. Mary requires nine months for this preparation.
To begin your preparation for marriage, contact Lanette Mele at the parish office and make an appointment to come in and speak with a priest. He will review the program guidelines with you, help you set a date, and assist you in being more aware of the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Faith.
We know that marriage is a significant step in anyone’s life, and we are honored to help you celebrate this lifelong commitment to one another in Christ. Whether you’re completing your preparation here at St. Mary or elsewhere, you can find more information below:
Reconciliation is held twice weekly at St. Mary Student Parish:
Wednesday at 6:00 PM following the 5:10 PM daily Mass
Sunday at 7:30 PM (school year only)
We invite you to include the Mass in your Confession visit.
If you are unable to attend our regularly scheduled Reconciliation time, we invite you to please call the Parish Office and make an appointment to come in and speak with a priest. At St. Mary Student Parish, we feel that Lord’s healing and forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we receive as a people of faith. We will do our best to extend the Sacrament of Reconciliation to all who seek it.
Several times during the year – during Advent and Lent, in particular – St. Mary Student Parish will hold communal penance services for the entire parish. At a communal penance service, parishioners and priests from around the area come together for a scripture service and reflection. The congregation is then given the opportunity to meet individually with one of the priests present to participate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Reconciliation in Spanish takes place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month after the Spanish Mass (usually about 3:15 PM).